Ready to take on best
THEY are raring to go.
That is the message from delighted Lismore Basketball Association (LBA) coaches as their charges prepare for tough forthcoming representative and competitive action.
Several of the association's young players are coming to the end of tough rookie squad training, while under-12s have also been busy gaining match experience against regional opposition.
LBA coach Scott Harkin said players in the various age groups were looking handy as the 2013 season swings into action.
"I think they are gelling together well," he said.
"They look to me like they are ready to go."
The association's rookie squad has completed seven weeks of a 10-week program aimed at bolstering their abilities.
Players aged 10-15 have been taking part in the program, which sees association players take the boys and girls through various skills and drills.
The scheme aims to help players further improve ahead of the forthcoming Northern Junior League competition
"It has been great," Harkin said. "They have been improving with every session.
"It is competitive, but also relaxed and fun, which is important.
"It is great to see them enjoying themselves and learning new things too."
Meanwhile, the association's under-12 boys have been testing their skills at weekly matches in Byron Bay.
It is hoped the games, which have involved other players from across the FNC, will give players further experience ahead of the forthcoming Lismore Storm representative season.
Players from Lismore and others parts of the region are also gearing up for the Classic Shield tournament.
That event gets started next month and features different rounds taking place across the north coast.
Harkin said players in the different age groups had been working hard in readiness for the forthcoming action.
"Our under-12 boys should be strong," he said.
"The under-18 boys may find it tough, but have been training hard from what I have seen and have been working hard.
"They should all go all right."